Where to find amusement
The Gulf Islands, though known for its beauty, seem to have a weak spot when it comes to entertainment—there are no casinos on any of the islands. This might be a problem for locals and visitors who like a night or two dedicated to nocturnal amusements through slots and table games. The demand for casino games was heard by the government, and it took action; Transportation Minister Todd Stone recently announced that slot machines will be added to the main routes of BC Ferries. In a report by CBC News it was confirmed that the pilot project will go on routes traversing Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay. Aside from providing passengers the thrill of slot games, the BC government also has the purpose of assessing the viability of gaming. Through this method, there’ll be feedback on whether gaming may be a permanent revenue-generating program.
Casinos all over the world are upping the ante when it comes to their major offerings, and if one were to be built on the shores of the Gulf it would probably strive to be on par with its American and European counterparts. In Las Vegas, the MGM Grand features concerts, sports events, and regular Cirque du Soleil performances for its clientele. Other casinos venture into online partnerships to widen their reach to include online players—the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, for instance, collaborated with casino.betfair.com ever since New Jersey was granted online casino gaming within its respective state.
For now, inhabitants and visitors of the Gulf Islands have to settle for online poker and roulette, but for those how feel the need to go to live casinos, here are the closest land-based casinos:
- Edgewater Casino
This boutique casino is located in downtown Vancouver, near BC Place and Rogers Arena. The best thing about this establishment is that it’s open 24 hours a day. The casino offers over five hundred slots, table games (roulette, baccarat, blackjack), and “Vancouver’s hottest poker room”.
- Great Canadian Casino
This casino in Nanaimo not only offers popular casino games, it also has a rewards system in place through its Encore Rewards Card system. The establishment also provides transportation to its patrons through group bus tours. The Black Diamond Bar & Grille is the resident restaurant which offers the best prime ribs in town.
- River Rock Casino Resort
Richmond boasts of this casino due to its high limit tables, intense poker tournaments, and “party pit”. From time to time renowned live bands perform at the resort to sizable crowds. Conveniently, it also has a hotel with in-suite and spa amenities for guests who’d like to stay the night.